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And you! Keep your mouth shut, you idiot!

I picked this YT-video from a Facebook post (thanks Lee!), that is evidently choreographed to drive home an anti-bullying message. A great show, however the message is not so evident from the dance alone. So I decided to mash-up this with an article written by Editor-in-chief Trine Eilertsen at Bergens Tidende. I believe there is a fine line between a prank and what can escalate  to plain terror. I think it is worth making a point about of bullying and why it needs more attention. I believe bullying exists in the workplace too -- but we probably learn this at school first!

Teacher Bjørndal's method

And you! Keep your mouth shut, you idiot! 

Original (Norwegian). My translation with Trine's permission.  

There is a knock on the classroom door of Class 9B. They are about halfway through a Norwegian class. Outside is the class teacher. When the class sees him, they sit up in their seats. He has that effect on them, and they realize that this must be serious when he interrupts them in the middle of another teacher’s class.

- I want to talk with Arne, Per, Lise, Ingrid, Gunnar and Tone. You will join me in the group room now!

The students look at each other questioningly, get up and go out of the class.

- “Sit down”, says the class teacher tersely, after he has closed the door behind them in the group room. “And listen carefully”

Brother Tort passes away

Just heard that Brother Tort incharge of the Treasurers Office for long passed away earlier this evening.  Brother Tort has spent a lifetime in India having come to India as a novice. The attached picture shows Brother Tort at extreme left.

Funeral was held on 4th Feb 2011 at 9am at St. Peter's Church Bandra. May he rest in peace.

Republic Day 2011 @ Stanislaus Attended the Republic Day Celebrations at St. Stanislaus and it was a memorable morning. Flag hoisting, singing of the National Anthem and the School Anthem. The hair on the back of my neck stood when the school boys sang the National Anthem and the School anthem with gusto. There was an aerobatic display and a malkam display

Who do you call? The caste busters!

I would recommend reading this article "The caste busters" that appeared in New York Times recently (The article is based on a theme from the author's book). What fascinated me, was the sense of ambition and ability that Misal demonstrates -- to be able to exploit the medium of TV to its maximum. I wonder what social media and mobile broadband could do in the years to come. Besides Misal, it was also the sense of development and innovation emerging at the "bottom of the pyramid" -- probably the place to watch for exciting business opportunities?

It was the article's closing paragraphs that stuck most in my head  "... a generation being trained rather than educated. They knew nothing about industry, art, history, literature, science". And then the dilemma that "...Misal did not have the luxury of broadening his vision, because if he lost focus, the world of degradations that he had escaped would be delighted to take him back".

Great insights as to why we should change ....

..... our attitudes to education today. How we encourage our children and push them. Even more so on how we work with students who are not the "brightest" according the systems we measure.

Sir Ken Robinson is a well-known educator and speaker at TED and other forums. This talk is an abridged video of a longer lecture. It is very creatively animated and worth the 12mins needed to get this message. (If you have more time, I recommend the longer version (55 mins) here

Stanislites of Australia meet

Missing Framed Names of Matriculates

Hi Guys,

Not sure if I've blogged this before!

I did the SSC in 1979.  Till about then, there used to be a frame, (guessing) 3mx3m, with listings of a few years' matriculates, on the first floor landing of the staircase from the parlour to the school hall.

When I last heard, that frame was moved to the carpentry.  Does anyone know if that frame yet exists somewhere?

Of the whole lot of Stanislites in my family circle (3 generations), my Dad's name (Mervin Peter D'Mello) & uncle's name (Roman Irvin D'Mello (left India for England 1955 to do Barrister at Law, now in USA), & both alive, were on that frame!

Btw, my Dad's grand uncle, Fr Pascoal de Mello, was the first vicar of St Peter's around 1860.  And this I learnt 31 years after finishing school when my Dad told me so on a weekend he spent at ours here in Melbourne, Australia!




teachers ... & teaching

A few observations from around the globe on teachers & teaching I found interesting; 

The best schools in the western suburbs

I thought I would share this article that appeared in yesterdays Hindustan Times.

Use this link or see the pdf below

Boarding Prefects

How about starting a list of all Boarding Prefects who molded us to where all of us are now!

I will start with Fio Mascarenhas, Teddy Colaco, Simon D'Souza, Lancy, Richard Rodgers, Bro.(Mr.) D'Sa, Fr.Nunes, Fr.Jau(Head Prefect), Fr.Joe Prabhu(Head Prefect, my Uncle), Edgar Nazareth and numerous others whom I will add after consulting with my other brothers (all Stanislites),  Fr.Eustace sj, Eric and Everton. Our youngest brother, Eldred, also a stanislite boarder, passed away on February 14th, 1995 (RIP).  


Sesquicentenary Inauguration

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